Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2017

12 December 2017

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2017

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. Big ThiefCapacity
  4. SamphaProcess
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  7. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  8. Ke$haRainbow
  9. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  10. Aldous HardingParty
  11. JAY-Z4:44
  12. Vijay Iyer SextetFar from Over
  13. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  14. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  15. Danish String QuartetLast Leaf
  16. JlinBlack Origami
  17. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  18. ÌFÉIIII+IIII
  19. Ifriqiyya ElectriqueRûwâhîne
  20. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  21. Jay SomEverybody Works
  22. Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2
  23. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  24. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  25. La Santa CeciliaAmar Y Vivir (En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017)
  26. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  27. Fever RayPlunge
  28. TORRESThree Futures
  29. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  30. Ron MilesI Am a Man
  31. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  32. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  33. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Risto JoostKõrvits: Moorland Elegies
  34. Joan ShelleyJoan Shelley
  35. ThundercatDrunk
  36. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  37. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  38. MigosCulture
  39. Tyler ChildersPurgatory
  40. MidlandOn the Rocks
  41. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  42. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan
  43. Danay SuárezPalabras Manuales
  44. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  45. Oumou SangaréMogoya
  46. Mr. MitchDevout
  47. Jaimie BranchFly or Die
  48. Miguel ZenónTipico
  49. Marc-André HamelinFeldman: For Bunita Marcus
  50. ParamoreAfter Laughter